Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing

Achieving Financial Excellence in Policing (AFEP)

The Achieving Finance Excellence in Policing (AFEP) programme has been designed in partnership with CIPFA and driven from within the Finance and Coordinating Committee of NPCC, is supported by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers’ Society (PACCTS). 

The AFEP programme will support achieving and sustaining Finance Excellence in Policing; building on national capacity and providing local support where the progress towards embedding the vision is measurable and tangible. CIPFA is committed to working with police industry professionals to develop and collaborate on key themes and streams to maximise the benefits of achieving exemplary financial health throughout the sector. Together we will share and explore the needs, wants and aspirations of today's modern forces.

The AFEP programme is for sector individuals with responsibility for any aspect of financial management service delivery, policy decision making, service development and best practice delivery. 

CFO Leadership Academy and Retreat

This will enable a national network of leaders to come together and develop personal influencing skills. It will offer an opportunity for a national, strategic debate on the challenges facing police finance.

Training and Apprenticeships

A dedicated apprenticeship programme will be provided to take Force finance staff through the full CIPFA Professional Qualification.

Financial Management Capability Review

The Financial Management Capability Review at a force level, measures the 'as is' position and provides a roadmap to support a force in implementing the vision for police finance. At a national level, the diagnostic will provide insight and identification of themes across national police finance. The diagnostic will be repeated at the end of the programme to measure progress made – at a force and national level – to achieving the vision, and to inform decisions on “what next” for police finance.

Police and Fire Network

The Network will enable the sharing of best practice via a discussion forum on ‘hot topics’ and promoting the Police and Fire Network and other Police related events. It will also include documentation, technical and policy updates, thought pieces and online access to the benchmarking data tool.

Future Leaders Academy

The Future Leaders Academy (FLA) will support the next-generation of leaders in Finance, moving from junior management into more senior positions. The FLA provides structured support on essential skills including: reflective leadership; governance and risk; project management and business case development.


The programme will provide dedicated Police Stats and Benchmarking, to drive better financial management and decision making across Forces. It will help improve current comparative data and develop broader analytical and diagnostic capacity to help the Forces deliver and demonstrate value for money.

Next Steps

If you would like to learn more about the programme, schedule of events, workshops and academies, or would like to get involved, please note the following contact information:

T: +44 (0)7824 839567 

Download programme brochure PDF | Download programme timetable PDF.

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